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The RIANP’s Mission To increase access to quality healthcare and forward the field of Naturopathic Medicine in the areas of public education, accessibility, and efforts toward licensing naturopathic doctors in Rhode Island.  

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained as a primary care physicians and are experts in natural medicine, blending non-toxic natural therapies with current advancements in the studies of health and human systems while covering all aspects of family healthcare from prenatal to geriatrics.


THE NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS ACT OF 2015
Senate Bill 0331 - Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee
House Bill 5380 -  Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) Committee 

We would love to have your support for these licensure bills, which are currently in Committee. 
Here is how you can help:

(1) CONTACT THE CHAIRS OF THE HEALTH COMMITTEES (See sample letter below)
Urge them to support The Naturopathic Physicians Act of 2015 - House Bill 5380 and Senate Bill 0331.  
(2) CONTACT YOUR GENERAL ASSEMBLY SENATOR &  REPRESENTATIVE (See sample letter below)
  • TO FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE & SENATOR: C lick this link  https://sos.ri.gov/vic/   Then, scroll to General Voter Info and type in your street address and city/zip code. Click Search.  Scroll down to see the names of your General Assembly Senator and Representative. Your senator's email address is  SEN-THEIRLASTNAME@RILIN.STATE.RI.US .  Your representative's email address is  REP-THEIRLASTNAME@RILIN.STATE.RI.US   For contact information for your Senator, click here .  For contact information for your Representative, Click here
(3) SAMPLE EMAIL/LETTER  

Subject: Re: S0331 and H5380- The Naturopathic Physicians Act of 2015  
      
Dear Chairman Miller, Senator ____________ (Name of your District's Senator), Members of the Health & Human Services Committee,  Chairman McNamara, Representative __________ (Name of your District's Representative), and Members of the Health, Education, & Welfare Committee Member,

I am writing you in regards to Senate bill 0331and House bill 5380 - The Naturopathic Physicians Act of 2015.
I am in favor of the licensing of naturopathic doctors in Rhode Island and I value the option of naturopathic medicine for RI residents. The licensing of naturopathic doctors will protect the health of Rhode Islanders, broaden patients' options for care, reduce health care costs, and bolster business development and economic growth for Rhode Island. Four out of six states in New England currently license naturopathic doctors- experts in natural medicine and prevention.

I hope that, in the future, Rhode Island can become a leader in integrative medicine. However, in order for this change to take place, naturopathic doctors need to stay in Rhode Island. Currently, many local naturopathic doctors commute to neighboring Connecticut (a licensed state) in order to practice.

I urge you to recognize RI naturopathic doctors and support Senate Bill 0331 / House Bill 5380. I respectfully request that these medical professionals be licensed by the state, so that they can practice the scope of medicine in which they have been medically trained. Please encourage your colleagues to support these bills as well. Thank you.

Sincerely, _____________ (Name, Address, District if known)



(5) SPREAD THE WORD!   We need support from as many Rhode Islanders as possible including general public, business owners, medical professionals, other health professionals, et al.

(6)  LOBBY DAY: We will be having a lobby day at the state house in a few weeks. If you are interested in joining us, please send an email to RInaturopaths@gmail.com with the subject title " Lobby Day", and your contact information.

Have Lobbying & Legislative Experience, or just interested in helping out? Join our Legislative Taskforce.       Email us at RInaturopaths@gmail.com.



SENATE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Senator District Phone Email
Cynthia A. Coyne Barrington, Bristol, East Providence (District 32) (401) 222-6655 sen-coyne@rilin.state.ri.us
Elizabeth A. Crowley Central Falls, Pawtucket (District 16) (401) 725-8526 sen-crowley@rilin.state.ri.us
Gayle L. Goldin Providence (District 3) (401) 340-5050 sen-goldin@rilin.state.ri.us
Joshua Miller Cranston, Providence (District 28) (401) 276-5582 sen-miller@rilin.state.ri.us
Donna M. Nesselbush  Pawtucket, North Providence (District 15) (401) 728-3244 sen-nesselbush@rilin.state.ri.us
Christopher Scott Ottiano Bristol, Portsmouth, Tiverton (District 11) (401) 222-2708 sen-ottiano@rilin.state.ri.us
Adam J. Satchell West Warwick (District 9) (401) 615-5170 sen-satchell@rilin.state.ri.us
James C. Sheehan Narragansett, North Kingstown (District 36) (401) 885-1988 sen-sheehan@rilin.state.ri.us
V. Susan Sosnowski New Shoreham, South Kingstown (District 37) (401) 783-7704 sen-sosnowski@rilin.state.ri.us

HOUSE HEALTH, EDUCATION, & WELFARE COMMITTEE MEMBERS



Representative District Phone Email
Marvin Abney Newport, Middletown (District 73) 401-487-1380 rep-abney@rilin.state.ri.us
Mia Ackerman Cumberland, Lincoln (District 45) 401-658-0981 rep-ackerman@rilin.state.ri.us
Gregg Amore East Providence (District 65) 401-339-9378 rep-amore@rilin.state.ri.us
Samuel Azzinaro Westerly (District 37) 401-596-1434 rep-azzinaro@rilin.state.ri.us
David Bennett Warwick (District 20) 401-737-0562 rep-bennett@rilin.state.ri.us
Dennis Canario Portsmouth, Li'l Compton, Tiverton (Dist 71) 401-683-4926 rep-canario@rilin.state.ri.us
Arthur Corvese North Providence (District 55) 401-353-8695 rep-corvese@rilin.state.ri.us
Grace Diaz Providence (District 11) 401-575-3641 rep-diaz@rilin.state.ri.us
Kathleen Fogarty South Kingstown (District 35) 401-782-1919 rep-fogarty@rilin.state.ri.us
Arthur Handy Cranston (District 18) 401-785-8996 rep-handy@rilin.state.ri.us
Robert Lancia Cranston (District 16) 401-944-3315 rep-lancia@rilin.state.ri.us
Shelly Maldonado Central Falls (District 56) 401-340-8833 rep-maldonado@rilin.state.ri.us
James McLaughlin Cumberland, Central Falls (District 57) 401-333-4946 rep-mclaughlin@rilin.state.ri.us
Joseph McNamara Warwick, Cranston (District 19) 401-941-8319 rep-mcnamara@rilin.state.ri.us
Michael Morin Woonsocket (District 49) 401-265-0910 rep-morin@rilin.state.ri.us
Justin Price Hopkinton, Exeter, Richmond (District 39) 401-222-2259 rep-price@rilin.state.ri.us
Aaron Regunberg Providence (District 4) 401-263-7770 rep-regunberg@rilin.state.ri.us



 
  The Naturopathic Physicians Act of 2015

HB 5380 (Representative Cale Keable) and S00331 (Senators Roger Picard, Maryellen Goodwin, Paul Jabour, and Elaine Morgan)  

What this bill does:   This legislation requires licensure for naturopathic doctors to practice in Rhode Island, by establishing educational and practice standards and a board to regulate the profession. There are U.S. 20 jurisdictions that currently license naturopathic doctors - 17 states, Washington D.C., and all the U.S. territories.

Why this bill is needed:  Licensure ensures high quality naturopathic care in Rhode Island by protecting the consumer from unqualified practitioners who claim to be naturopathic doctors. Licensure will improve access to complementary medicine and promote business development because more qualified specialists in natural medicine will be encouraged to practice in Rhode Island.

WHO ARE NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS?

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are general practitioners who are medical specialists in natural therapies. Naturopathic Doctors treat acute and chronic conditions while employing natural therapies including nutrition, herbal medicine and nutritional supplements. NDs focus on prevention and lifestyle improvements as important parts of their therapeutic recommendations.  

·       Naturopathic Doctors graduate from 4-year residential graduate level medical colleges and l earn basic and clinical sciences similar to conventional medical doctors. These Naturopathic Medical Colleges are accredited by regional and programmatic accrediting agencies that are recognized by the US Department of Education. Courses include: basic and clinical medical sciences; physical, laboratory and radiological diagnosis; modern uses for natural and conventional therapies and a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised clinical training . Graduates must pass the NPLEX, a national competency-based board exam, to obtain licensure.

Naturopathic Doctors are licensed in 17 states, Washington D.C., and all U.S. territories including: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, District of Columbia, Maryland, Minnesota, Kansas, North Dakota, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.  

        Naturopathic Doctors have demonstrated an excellent record of safety. Data from medical liability insurance carriers and from licensing boards show that naturopathic doctors are trained to deliver natural outpatient health care safely and ethically.  

·       Naturopathic Doctors are well-respected members of the health care community. NDs have been members of federal health care policy advisory boards. Naturopathic Medical Colleges have research projects that are funded by the National Institutes of Health and collaborate on research with the medical colleges of major universities.  

         Naturopathic Doctors are seen as vital contributors of science-based expertise in the field of natural medicine. Naturopathic doctors and medical colleges collaborate with major universities, hospitals and conventional medical schools to advance research in natural medicine and the training of conventional health care providers in natural medicine. A partial list of collaborating institutions includes:

o    Arizona State Diabetes Collaborative

o    Arizona State University

o    Columbia University

o    Emory University

o    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

o    Kaiser-Permanente

o    Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ

o    Oregon Health Sciences University

o    Phoenix Veterans Affairs Hospital

o    University of Arizona

o    University of Connecticut

o    University of Florida

o    
University of Michigan

o    University of Minnesota

o    University of North Carolina

o    University of Washington

o    University of Washington Medical College

o    Yale University

o    Yale-Griffin Hospital


For further information, please contact the RIANP at RInaturopaths@gmail.com
 

 

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